Building a freelance writing business takes time, effort and perseverance. After you have built your business portfolio, the work begins. There is a fine balance between promoting yourself and becoming a nuisance in social situations. Be guided by the level of interest when you meet someone for the first time and they ask about your freelancing, if it is a casual question then do not proceed with your ‘sales pitch’ but alternatively be prepared to produce your business card and the method they prefer for follow up. Make a note of their name, business and contact details (get their business card if possible) and confirm the date. The same procedure works for virtual connections – always confirm the date for follow up and make a calendar note.
Remembering these tips will also help you build a solid freelance business.
a. Ensure you are giving a professional service to your clients. Notify them of any changes to deadline, queries on the content and maintain communication throughout the project.
b. Spend time marketing your business – use social media, attend business events and always keep business cards with you. A chance conversation can lead to a lucrative project.
c. Keep your work space organized with each project clearly labeled and a calendar showing deadline dates for each.
d. Review past successful projects and use those same strategies to gain new ones. Investigate why something did not work and learn from them.
e. Learn from market leaders – reading blogs and articles and having direct contact with successful freelancers will allow you to improve your business tactics.
f. Networking is vital to your business so make sure you spend time building your business platform and always reply promptly to queries.
g. Take time to consider each project – is the deadline feasible, do you have the proper expertise for the content; will you manage multiple projects at one time?
h. If you are asked to ‘work for free’ seriously consider the pros and cons. Will the exposure be worthwhile to your business?
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